Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Last day at work...

Oh wait, I don't think I announced on here that I'm leaving work.

HmHm, Today is my last day at my job. In 2 weeks I'll be hiking the Appalachian Trail. Go check out my hiking blog if you don't already know about it. This blog may get a few more posts and then will be put on hold until November sometime. I'll make an official "I'm on hold go look at me hike" post when the time is right.

I do actually have interesting things to post here before I leave. And since I won't be working, I should have time to post them!

In sucktacular news, I have cramps and they hurt. I made VwaV chocolate thumbprint cookies last nite and they help, but I have a feeling I should have doubled the recipe!

Monday, April 28, 2008

NYC - the rest of the trip

Since we were only in NYC for a few days, we didn't have time to do a whole lot.

Saturday (4/19) after we got to NYC and had lunch, we walked down by the Hudson River. Batman saw water so we meandered to it and walked along it for a while. That nite we saw Avenue Q on Broadway. It was really good. I was surprised, since it does have puppets in it! It was fun to get all dressed up and go out.

Sunday (4/20) we walked through Central Park to the Musuem of Natural History. We spent most of the day there. Batman wanted to see all the animals (poor things, but it is neat) and I wanted to see the rocks. We walked through pretty much everything, but didn't stop to look at much when it was displays about humans!

And we ate. Really, we didn't do much, but it was nice to get away for a quick weekend! Here are some pictures that I took while we were there, there are more in flickr.

Neat sink picture for C:
Sink at Blue Fin in NYC

taken in Central Park:
View of NYC from Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NYC - food

Batman and I went to New York City last weekend (I had Monday off for the marathon, he had it off for Patriot's Day). I'd only been once before so it was a lot of fun to go back. We took the Greyhound bus there and back. On the way there we had a bus that was falling apart, but had lots of leg room. On the way home the bus was in much nicer condition, but with way less leg room. It doesn't matter so much for me, but Batman is tall!

We were only there for 2 nites, so we didn't actually do a lot. First, the food! Sorry no pictures, we were starving pretty much every time we sat down to eat!

We ate at 'Snice twice, lunch when we got to NYC and lunch before we left. It is soooo good! We had the tempeh rueben and seitan philly-style sandwich the first time, they were okay. I prefered the tempeh and Batman prefered the seitan. The second time I had the vegan panini and Batman had a "meatball" sub. I am in love with the panini...smoked tofu, pesto and sundried tomoatoes...sooooo good. They have a good selection of vegan desserts, but most the ones I tried (apricot bar, cupcake, blondie) were way too sweet. The chocolate cherry cookie and some chocolate chip bundt cake were good and not too sweet.

We had dinner at Blossom on Sunday nite. I don't like seitan or mushrooms so that limited the choices for me! We started with ravioli (it had diced mushrooms in it that I decided I would be okay with, also spinach which I like) in a cashew cream sauce. Yummy! Then I had Feijoadinha...a delicious stew-like tempeh, black bean, sweet potato, and chayote squash dish. Batman had stuffed portobellos (tofu/walnut) with apricot cous cous, asparagus, and a cashew-tahini sauce. Dessert was cheesecake and chocolate ganache w/strawberry ice cream. All very delicious! The service was great and we also had a yummy bottle of organic wine!

We also went to a bagle place and they had tofu cream cheese, so that was nice. And we had lunch at the cafeteria of the Museum of Natural History one day...they had tofu, 3 bean salad, and beet salad that was good! A late nite snack of avacado rolls at Blue Fin with a drink! And a boring yet tasty veggie sandwich at some random deli that came with 2 big pickles and a cel-ray soda which I'd never had! We weren't there too long and that is actually everything that I an order of french fries on the way there and home when the bus stopped!

Hmm, I'll do another post later with everything else!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Did you know?

The nutrients in carrots:
  • Help support your immune system
  • Help maintain healthy skin
  • Help regulate metabolism
  • Help maintain optimal health

Carrots have a high Vitamin A content and are loaded with fiber!

Well, thanks to the bag from my baby carrots, now you do know! I've been on a carrots as a snack kick lately. 1/4 of a pound at a time. It sounds like a lot of carrots, but doesn't actually look like that many when I pour them into individual containers. Batman likes them to snack on too, so that is a bonus.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


I think I've finally found a format that I like for my blog. I got tired of trying out the different templates, but I think I found one that I like. And I colored it to make it prettier.

I will admit that right now I am on a PC and have no clue how it will look on a Mac. I will check it on my Mac tonite and I hope it is okay!

I realize that for those of you reading through Google Reader or Bloglines it doesn't matter what the blog looks like, but for the rest of everybody, hopefully it looks better!

Monday, April 7, 2008

I knit and sometimes finish!

I finished this in, ummm, February. Just in time for the day that indicated 1 year with Batman.

Here are some really bad photos of it on me. Black hat + no sunlight + taking my own picture = bad. And excuse the mess in the background, I'm not sure why I didn't go out to our clean living bedroom is always a bit cluttered!

Batman's hat on me

Batman's hat on me

Maybe I'll try to get a picture of it on him sometime.

Pattern is Reasonably Hip from Magknits. My hat looks like the one in the pattern, but blacker! I used some 100% acrylic yarn. Some nicer Red Heart maybe, or Lion Brand. I should find out which! It felt nice enough for acrylic and I'd use it again.

Friday, April 4, 2008

afternoon snooze


2 cats, one mostly unused futon. Can you tell Winston sleeps there a lot...he has the top of the cushion all dented down! See the chessboard that my dad made me under that pile of stuff. It is really nice...I should actually use it sometime!

Kitty nose!
Kitty nose

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Batman and I went hiking a couple of weekends ago. It was cold and icy, but also a lot of fun. We saw some waterfalls!

Bish Bash Falls - not as impressive as I expected, a VERY quick hike from the car.
Bish Bash Falls

Then we were going to hike up to the Appalachian Trail and camp at the shelter. We didn't make it to the AT the first day, we stayed at a site on the blue blazed trail. The next day we made it to the AT, summited Mt. Everett and then took a service road back to the main road. Except the main road we were on was on the other side of the mountain from our car (we knew it would be, but with the ice I was worried about going back down the mountain). We managed to hitch a ride back to our car after only having to walk a couple of miles!

Here are the waterfalls (all unnamed as far as I know) that we saw hiking up...they are all half frozen!